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scalpo , psi, ptum, 3, v. a. root skalp-; Gr. σκάλοψ, mole; Lat. talpa; cf. scalprum; also Gr. γλύφω.
I. To cut, carve, scrape, scratch, engrave (class.; syn. caelo), said of surface work, = ξέειν; sculpo, of deeper work, high relief, or statuary, = γλύφω: “ad pingendum, ad fingendum, ad scalpendum apta manus est,Cic. N. D. 2, 60, 150: “Phidiam tradunt scalpsisse marmora,Plin. 36, 5, 4, § 15: “marmora ac scyphos,id. 35, 11, 40, § 128 (Sillig, sculpsit): “gemmas,id. 37, 10, 65, § 177: “flores et acanthi eleganter scalpti,Vitr. 2, 7, 4.—Poet.: “sepulcro querelam,to carve, Hor. C. 3, 11, 52.—Transf., to scratch: “terram unguibus,to scratch, dig, Hor. S. 1, 8, 26; Col. 7, 5, 6: “exulceratam verrucam,Suet. Dom. 16: nates, Pompon. ap. Non. 516, 26: “caput uno digito,Juv. 9, 133: scalpendo tantum ferreis unguibus, Plin. 13, 7, 14, § 56.—*
II. Trop., in mal. part., to tickle, titillate: “tremulo scalpuntur ubi intima versu,Pers. 1, 21.
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